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Issue : 5 December 2008

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  • Retailers opposed to carrier bag chargingSubscription

    News5 December, 2008

    The Climate Change Bill has given the Government powers to charge for single use carrier bags but the British Retail Consortium (BRC) is still opposed to compulsory charging.The Bill has now gained Royal Assent and the Government can take action if they wish to do so to make supermarkets charge customers for single use bags, made of plastic or paper. If retailers do not meet their 2007 commitment to reduce the environmental impact of bags by 25% by the end of this ...

  • European Commission revamps EU electrical equipment recycling regimeSubscription

    News5 December, 2008

    The failure of the European Unions (EU) 2004 waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) directive to promote recycling has led the European Commission to propose revamping this legislation.Brussels has admitted the existing system - aimed at forcing manufacturers to provide free disposal facilities - has proved complex to administer and included unrealistic targets. This was 4kg of electrical waste per year per person in the EU. However, in some countries this was ...

  • Recycling sector asked whether EU biowaste law is neededSubscription

    News5 December, 2008

    The recycling sector has been asked whether a European Union (EU) biowaste law is required to reduce the amount of organic material that is landfilled in Europe. In a new green paper, the European Commission notes that biowaste usually comprises 30-40% of the 41% of municipal solid waste that is on average landfilled in the EU.The big problem here is that such dumped waste emits methane, a powerful greenhouse gas which is 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide and a major ...

  • EA recycling claims "unhelpful and untrue", says LGA Subscription

    News5 December, 2008

    Environment Agency (EA) implications that councils had not held their nerve on recycling during the downturn have been described as unhelpful and untrue.Local Government Association (LGA) Environment Board chairman Paul Bettison was responding to comments made by EA chairman Lord Chris Smith (MRW, December 4). Smith said councils should hold their nerve and continue to invest in recycling services, despite recent downturns in the market for recycled materials.However, ...

  • Bellamy opens sustainability research centreSubscription

    News5 December, 2008

    Environmentalist Professor David Bellamy has opened a research centre in Cambridgeshire which will look at sustainable living, including reducing food waste.The Environmental & Global Research Centre, at Swavesey Village Colleges, will run a food waste project funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.Government Office for the East of England Natural Resources and Rural Development Team senior adviser Mike Carr said: Food waste is a massive ...

  • Safety of windrow composting questioned by MPSubscription

    News4 December, 2008

    In an attack on the safety of open air windrow composting, an MP has said anaerobic digestion should be the preferred option.During a Commons debate, MP Michael Clapham said that AD was preferable technology for recycling organics because it was considered safe and referred to AD as recycling in a meaningful and productive way.Clapham said: As we move towards greater recycling, we find that there is no process that has really been thought out. In my constituency, ...

  • "Mary Celeste phenomenon" makes reusable furniture availableSubscription

    News4 December, 2008

    As the levels of unemployment rises a Mary Celeste phenomenon is taking place with abandoned reusable furniture being left in empty offices. Business moving specialist Robinsons conducted a survey that found that businesses were failing to live up to their environmental policies when it came to moving premises and sending end-of-life furniture to landfill.Robinsons managing director Anthony Robinson told MRW: We are seeing a Mary Celeste phenomenon. ...

  • WRAP offers advice to survive recycling market downturn Subscription

    News4 December, 2008

    An advice forum to help local authorities manage lower prices and weaker demand for recyclable materials has been launched.The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) will offer advice based on research into price movements and supply and demand across the industry. With this insight WRAP aims to act as a unique information broker between local authorities with specific issues, and share this knowledge via its website. Information coming from local authorities ...

  • "Hold your nerve" on recycling, EA chair to tell councilsSubscription

    News4 December, 2008

    The Environment Agency (EA) chairman is expected to call on councils to "hold their nerve" on recycling, during a speech this evening. Lord Chris Smith will highlight the need to maintain public confidence and support for recycling along with quality material outputs.In an address to the Aldersgate Group, a group of environmentally-aware businesses and non-governmental organisations, Smith plans to challenge councils that have discontinued recycling services ...

  • Charity stores feel the pinch as clothing donations fallSubscription

    News4 December, 2008

    The volume of clothing that is being donated to charity stores has reduced significantly but the number of sales has increased, according to the Association of Charity Shops.Head of policy and public affairs David Moir told MRW: There has been a reduction in the quantity and in the quality of donations which is related to the economic downturn. People are not buying new goods and are less inclined to donate. There are also other pressures on textiles, as other legitimate ...

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